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News And Events

How a Volunteer Committee Landed me on Broadway


The English-Speaking Union
New Orleans Branch

Julia Hansen: "How a Volunteer Committee Landed me on Broadway."

MAY 18, 2017
6:30 P.M.
New Orleans Country Club, Founders Room
5024 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118 

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NEW ORLEANS TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Rohan Padmakumar  from New Orleans, LA, a student of Beau Bratcher at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Rohan previously won the ESU New Orleans Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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National Shakespeare Competition - South Louisiana Auditions

March 5, 2017

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

McWilliams Hall at Tulane University

Attending Members and Guests Reception
following competition

(nearby location TBA at Auditions)


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New Orleans Branch Shakespeare Competition

If you couldn't join us - you missed a great Shakespeare Competition!   We had 8 contestants from all over southeast Louisiana compete, followed by a wonderful reception at Branch Patron, Katherine de Montluzin's beautiful home.  

Congratulations to our winner, senior, Rohan Padmakumar, from Lusher Charter High School here in New Orleans!  As our ESU Branch winner, he receives an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition on May 1st.  See more pictures here!

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Welcome to the New Orleans Branch of the ESU

We've had an event-filled and fun year!  This was the international celebration of Shakespeare's 400th memorial year, and several of The English Speaking Union of New Orleans' programs revolved around this anniversary.  In February, the Branch sponsored its annual, high school Shakespeare competition at Tulane and our regional winner went on to compete in New York in the Nationals.

The Branch hosted a program by Tulane University's English Department Head, Mike Kuczynski in May.  He spoke about successfully bringing a touring First Folio copy to Tulane.  In May, the Branch also hosted international author, Andrea Mays and she spoke about her current book, The Millionaire and the Bard.

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New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea

ESUUS New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea 2016

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Annual Christmas Tea

You're cordially invited to attend our Annual Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 11, 2016 (2:00pm - 5:00pm)

Location: Home of Ricky Lemann
                 1819 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Complimentary Valet Parking

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program Region VII, 2016-2017

ADRIAN TINNISWOOD, OBE
Distinguished British historian and author

The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Drawing on thousands of memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries, and the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and bibulous butlers, historian Adrian Tinniswood brings the stately homes of England to life as never before, opening the door onto a world half-remembered, glamorous, shameful at times, and forever wrapped in myth.

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ESU NOLA Calendar Of Events 2016-2017

September 12, 2016,  7-9 p.m.,  Patron Members' Party,  Home of Miss Courtney-Anne Sarpy

October 10, 2016 - Oliver Everett – Windsor Castle, Its History and Occupants; 6 -8 p.m. , Ralph's On The Park

November 10, 2016 - The Royal Oak Foundation: Anne Sebba- Les Parisiennes: Women in Wartime Paris; 6:15 p.m. Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave.

ESU members $30; Non-members $40. Register at www.royal-oak.org/lectures

November 17, 2016 - Adrian Tinniswood, OBE – The Long Weekend: Life In The English Country House 1918-1939;
6:30-8:30 p.m., 6330 St. Charles Avenue

"Round Table Club Members – No Charge;
ESU Members $30 and Non-Members/Guests $40

Books available at program for $30 each, cash or check preferred. Author available to sign

December 11, 2017 - Annual Christmas Tea at the home of Ricky Lemann   2-5pm

March 5, 2017 - Annual Shakespeare Competition - 
2-4pm - McWilliams Hall at Tulane University -
Attending members reception following, TBA

June 11, 2017 - Queen's Birthday Brunch, High Noon to 
2:00 pm at
  New Orleans Country Club

July 21-22, 2017 -  Folger Teacher Workshop at
Tulane University 

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The New Orleans Chapter of The English Speaking Union invites you a Wolf Hall inspired program:

Greed, Lust and Murder: King Henry VIII, The Tudor Court, and How It Changed England Forever

presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Boston, MA.

Address:  6330 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118

Time: 6:30 PM. 

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015

Cost: $35 member, $45. non-members.

Champagne Reception to follow.

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